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December 19, 2014

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: TEXAS, 49 STATES REACH $90 MILLION NATIONWIDE AGREEMENT WITH WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDER

The State of Texas, 49 states and the District of Columbia today announced the resolution of a multistate investigation into wireless carrier T-Mobile USA, Inc. for its role in the practice of unlawful cellphone “cramming” – the unlawful practice of placing unauthorized third-party charges on mobile phone accounts.

From Office of the Attorney General


December 19, 2014

JOHN RATCLIFFE CAMPAIGN: CONRGESSMAN-ELECT RATCLIFFE SELECTS JASON ROSS AS DISTRICT DIRECTOR

Congressman-elect John Ratcliffe has selected Jason Ross to be his District Director. Mr. Ross, a Rockwall County native, will manage Ratcliffe’s district operation across the 18 counties of the 4th Congressional District. Ross brings impressive credentials to the position along with a wealth of community and civic involvement in the region.

From John Ratcliffe Campaign


December 18, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: MAJORITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND CHARTERS CERTIFY COMPLIANCE WITH STATE FINGERPRINTING

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today announced that a majority of the state’s school districts and charters has certified compliance with a state law requiring fingerprinting and criminal background checks for all certified educators.

From Texas Education Agency


December 18, 2014

BEATTY BANGLE STRAMA PC: LOONEY BRINGS LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY INDUSTRY TO AUSTIN FIRM

Rob Looney, longtime president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, has joined the Austin-based law firm Beatty Bangle Strama PC, bringing with him decades of leadership and expertise in the state’s booming energy industry, the firm announced on Thursday.

From Beatty Bangle Strama PC


December 18, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY HELPS ANNOUNCE ACQUISITION OF TEXAS BIOTECH FIRM

Gov. Rick Perry today helped announce the acquisition of Kalon Biotherapeutics LLC by FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corp. Kalon, a biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing organization owned by the State of Texas and the Texas A&M University System, is an important part of the growing biotechnology industry in Texas.

From Office of the Governor


December 18, 2014

TEXAS BUILDING OWNERS AND MANAGERS ASSOCIATION: LAUNCHES "TAXED OUT OF TOWN" INITIATIVE FOR TEXAS PROPERTY APPRAISAL REFORM

Today, the Texas Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) launched “Taxed Out of Town”, a statewide initiative advocating for Texas property appraisal reform. Unpredictable and uncontrolled valuation increases have placed significant financial burdens on Texas businesses, forcing some to move outside of city limits to avoid erratic appraisals.

From Texas Building Owners and Managers Association


December 18, 2014

YOUNG CONSERVATIVES OF TEXAS: RELEASES 84TH SESSION LEGISLATIVE AGENDA AND PRIORITIES

Today, Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) unveiled its legislative agenda and priorities for the upcoming session. “We have high hopes for the 84th Legislative Session,” said YCT State Chairman Jeff Morris.

From Young Conservatives of Texas


December 18, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ERIC JOHNSON: FILES BILLS TO AID THE FORMERLY INCARCERATED WITH RE-ENTRY INTO SOCIETY

State Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) today filed three bills that would ease re-entry into society for the formerly incarcerated by helping them maintain family bonds and increasing their odds of finding steady employment. Employment and the strength of family relationships are two of the most significant factors in whether someone is re-arrested following release.

From Representative Eric Johnson


December 18, 2014

KK125 OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION: MAKES GIFT TO MD ANDERSON

On December 15th, the KK125 Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation gave its first gift of $50,000 to MD Anderson Cancer Center to fund research for CA-125, a biomarker that serves as a useful tool for detecting ovarian cancer.

From KK125 Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation


December 17, 2014

EPA: AND TEXAS COLLABORATE TO SUPPLY SAFE DRINKING WATER TO TEXANS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Texas are improving public water systems with federal infrastructure improvement loan assistance to eligible entities. Texas Water Development Board will receive over $63 million to fund Safe Drinking Water Programs in Texas to emphasize comprehensive public health protection from the source to the tap, as well as establishing the loan program for financing infrastructure projects.

From EPA


December 17, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: FILES SB 250 TO ADDRESS DISCRIMINATION OF SAME-SEX PARENTS

Senator Sylvia Garcia (SD-6) filed SB 250 today which will allow adopted children of same-sex parents to obtain a supplementary birth certificate with both parents' names. Current Texas law restricts the parents named on the supplementary birth certificate of an adopted child to one female parent and one male parent.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


December 17, 2014

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: HISTORIC TEXAS MAPS HELP SAVE THEMSELVES

The Save Texas History program hit a milestone this week, earning more than $250,000 to preserve historic Texas maps with the on-line sale of the digital reprints of historic Texas maps. “Save Texas History is preserving and protecting our history — at no cost to Texas taxpayers,” Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said.

From Texas General Land Office


December 17, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE KEVIN BRADY: TEXANS BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF

Texas Congressman Kevin Brady issued the following statement after the Senate passed important tax extenders. "Texas families have kept more than $10 billion in their family budgets since we successfully fought to restore Texas' sales tax deduction a decade ago.

From Representative Kevin Brady


December 17, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: STANDS WITH TEXAS AGAINST PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, this week joined an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit brought by the State of Texas and joined by over 20 other states against President Obama’s illegal amnesty.

From Senator Ted Cruz


December 17, 2014

TEXAS APPLESEED: PAYDAY BUSINESSES UNLAWFULLY FILE 1,500 CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS AGAINST BORROWERS TO COLLECT MONEY

Texas Appleseed today filed a complaint with state and federal regulators of the payday loan industry after obtaining data showing that Texas borrowers are facing threats of criminal prosecution, arrest warrants, court appearances, jail time and fines stemming from the industry’s illegal practice of using the criminal justice system to collect on debts.

From Texas Appleseed


December 17, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: AND TWDB CHAIRMAN TO DISCUSS STATE WATER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Senator José Rodríguez will join Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Chairman Carlos Rubinstein at 2 p.m. today at the Tech H2O Center (10751 Montana Avenue) to discuss water funding possibilities for the state and region under the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT).

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


December 17, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: FILES SB 249 TO TACKLE STATE DEBT

State Senator Donna Campbell filed legislation on Tuesday to create a dedicated fund for the purpose of retiring state debt. "Addressing debt today will save taxpayers money tomorrow," Senator Campbell said.

From Senator Donna Campbell


December 16, 2014

MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER: TEXAS LEGISLATORS INVEST IN OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH AT MD ANDERSON

The KK125 Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, established by State Rep. Ken King (R-Canadian), District 88, and State Rep. Kyle Kacal (R-College Station), District 12, has donated $50,000 to ovarian cancer research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The contribution honors the legislators’ mothers, both of whom died of the disease in 2013.

From MD Anderson Cancer Center


December 16, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS: NAMES STEPHANIE SIMPSON VICE PRESIDENT OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS & OPERATIONS

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) has named Stephanie Simpson Vice President of Legislative Affairs & Operations. Simpson, who has worked with TAM since 2010, now joins full time to oversee the Association’s strategic planning initiatives, legislative and regulatory advocacy, membership support and recruitment, and coordination among the Association’s executive leadership.

From Texas Association of Manufacturers


December 16, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE EDDIE RODRIGUEZ: PROPERTY TAXES, PUBLIC EDUCATION INITIATIVES AMONG FIRST BILLS FILED BY REP. EDDIE RODRIGUEZ

State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez announced he has filed his first batch of bills for the 84th legislative session, focusing on property tax and public education policy initiatives.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez


December 16, 2014

ADVANCED ENERGY MANAGEMENT ALLIANCE: URGES ERCOT TO FOCUS ON EXPANDING DEMAND RESPONSE

The following statement was issued by the Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) in response to the report released Tuesday by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) that analyzed the impact of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations (including the Clean Power Plan) on Texas.

From Advanced Energy Management Alliance


December 16, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: SOUTH TEXAN APPOINTED SECRETARY OF STATE

In one of his first moves as Governor-Elect, Attorney General Greg Abbott said he will nominate Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos as Texas Secretary of State. This is good news for South Texas because Judge Cascos will be yet another voice in Austin to advocate for our needs.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


December 16, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON CHANUKAH

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding Chanukah: “It is fitting that the first night of Chanukah falls this year on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

From Office of the Governor


December 16, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: ENDORSES SPEAKER STRAUS FOR REELECTION AS SPEAKER OF THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION

State Representative Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) released the following statement: "Today I am proud to endorse the honorable Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


December 16, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: FROM PAKISTAN TO AUSTRALIA, TERRORISM KNOWS NO BORDERS

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement in response to the brutal terrorist attacks in both Pakistan and Australia: “Within days, the world has witnessed the savage hand of radical Islamic terrorism against innocents—in Peshawar, Pakistan and in Sydney, Australia.

From Senator Ted Cruz


December 16, 2014

LOIS KOLKHORST CAMPAIGN: SENATOR-ELECT KOLKHORST'S OFFICE RELEASES SWEARING-IN DETAILS

Today, Senator-Elect Kolkhorst’s office announced the details for her swearing-in ceremony. The public event will be held on Monday, December 22 at 12:00 p.m. in the Texas Capitol Senate Chamber. After Kolkhorst takes the oath of office, a public reception will be held.

From Lois Kolkhorst Campaign


December 16, 2014

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: OPENS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF ID THIEVES

The Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has opened a criminal investigation into an apparent identity theft ring that is claiming to be either a governmental or debt collection agency in an attempt to steal state residents’ personal information and identities.

From Office of the Attorney General


December 16, 2014

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: MOST TEXAS KIDS RAISED BY GRANDPARENTS AND OTHER RELATIVES LACK ADEQUATE FINANCIAL SUPPORT

About 253,000 Texas children live with family or close friends who have stepped in to care for them when their parents cannot, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP).

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


December 16, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: FILES LEGISLATION TO EXPAND TEXAS' MENTAL HEALTH WORKFORCE

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed legislation to help expand the ranks of Texas' mental health professionals and improve access to mental health services.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


December 16, 2014

SYLVIA ROMO CAMPAIGN: ROMO ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 26

Today former Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Sylvia S. Romo announced the launch of her campaign for Texas Senate District 26. “I am truly humbled by the bipartisan support from our community that has encouraged me to run for state senator,” said Sylvia Romo.

From Sylvia Romo Campaign


December 15, 2014

AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE: ACC STUDY EXAMINES GUBERNATORIAL RACE TRENDS

An analysis from Austin Community College’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies (CPPPS) indicates that straight-ticket voting in the state’s 2014 gubernatorial election reached an all-time high. In the 46 counties that represent the majority of ballots cast, 61 percent of voters selected a straight-ticket, a marked increase over previous gubernatorial contests:

From Austin Community College


December 15, 2014

JOHN CYRIER CAMPAIGN: REPUBLICAN JOHN CYRIER ANNOUNCES FOR TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 17

Republican  John  Cyrier  has  announced  his  candidacy  for  Texas  House  District  17.  Governor   Rick  Perry  ordered  a  special  election  for  January  6,  2015,  to  fill  the  seat  currently  held  by  Rep.  Tim   Kleinschmidt,  who  is  resigning.  Early  voting  begins  on  December  29.  District  17  includes  all  of  Bastrop,   Caldwell,  Gonzales,  Karnes,  and  Lee  Counties.  

From John Cyrier Campaign


December 15, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE THANKS HER CONSTITUENTS OF SENATE DISTRICT 26, AS GOV. PERRY SETS ELECTION

Today, Governor Rick Perry set the election for Senator Leticia Van de Putte’s successor. The election for Senate District 26 will be held on January 6, 2015 [Office of the Governor, 12/15/2014]. Senator Van de Putte released the following statement:

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


December 15, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ANNOUNCES JANUARY 6 SPECIAL ELECTION FOR THREE DISTRICTS

Gov. Rick Perry today set Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as the special election date to fill three legislative seats that are being vacated: Senate District 26 (Sen. Leticia van de Putte), House District 17 (Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt) and House District 123 (Rep. Mike Villarreal).

From Office of the Governor


December 15, 2014

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: NO TIME TO WAIT ON SCHOOL FINANCE

Sen. Kirk Watson filed a package of bills on Monday aimed at jump-starting the discussion about how to fix our school finance system, regardless of any ruling by the Texas Supreme Court in the lawsuit brought by two-thirds of Texas school districts.

From Senator Kirk Watson


December 15, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON AUSTRALIA HOSTAGE CRISIS

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the hostage crisis in Australia: “The people of Texas, and Americans around the world, are praying for the victims of the hostage crisis in Australia and their loved ones.

From Office of the Governor


December 15, 2014

TEXAS MINING AND RECLAMATION ASSOCIATION: WELCOMES ADOPTION OF RULES TO IMPLEMENT HB 1079 PERMITTING LEGISLATION

The Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA) appreciates the rules that became effective on Dec. 11, 2014, which will significantly impact permitting activities in Texas. The TCEQ rules implement the permitting legislation, House Bill 1079, which continues to provide the uranium mining industry with the regulatory certainty it needs to be successful without reducing any environmental, health or safety standards.

From Texas Mining and Reclamation Association


December 15, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: STATEMENT ON ANTICIPATED VOTE TO DEFUND EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement in anticipation of the Senate vote on his Constitutional Point of Order to defund President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty:

From Senator Ted Cruz


December 15, 2014

TEXAS STATE SECURITIES BOARD: STREAMLINED ELECTRONIC FILING SYSTEM AVAILABLE TO ISSUERS, INVESTORS

The Texas State Securities Board today announced its participation in the nationwide online Electronic Filing Depository (EFD), a system developed to make it more efficient for issuers to offer certain exempt securities offerings throughout the United States and to improve transparency for investors.

From Texas State Securities Board


December 15, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: MEASURE GRANTING PURPLE HEART ELIGIBILITY TO FORT HOOD VICTIMS HEADS TO PRESIDENT'S DESK

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2015 includes legislation he sponsored to allow the victims of the 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood to receive the Purple Heart.

From Senator Ted Cruz


December 15, 2014

TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER CAMPAIGN: PRECINCT CHAIRS RALLY FOR REP. TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER

A rousing breakfast meeting at a popular West Side restaurant had politics as the daily special Saturday, as dozens of state Senate District 26 precinct chairs and captains turned out to show their support for state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer.

From Trey Martinez Fischer Campaign


December 15, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MYRA CROWNOVER: SELECT COMMITTEE TO DETERMINE A SUFFICIENT BALANCE OF THE ECONOMIC STABILIZATION FUND SETS $7 BILLION FLOOR

On Thursday, the Select Committee to Study the Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund set the minimum amount of the fund at $7 billion for the next biennium. The Committee was co-chaired by Representative Myra Crownover and Senator Jane Nelson, both of Denton.

From Representative Myra Crownover


December 15, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: NDAA DOES NOT PROTECT OUR VITAL NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today voted against the National Defense Authorization Act citing several concerns, including an extreme land grab provision and ongoing assistance to Syrian rebels.

From Senator Ted Cruz


December 15, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: TEXAS INAUGURAL COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP

The 2015 Texas Inaugural Committee today announced the leadership team responsible for the coordination and oversight of January’s celebration honoring Governor-elect Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor-elect Dan Patrick.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


December 15, 2014

ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT PHARMACISTS OF TEXAS: AND AMERICAN PHARMACY COOPERATIVE ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO ADVOCATE FOR INDEPENDENT PHARMACY IN TEXAS

The Alliance of Independent Pharmacists of Texas and American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. (APCI) today announced the two entities have entered into a partnership. This new legislative and advocacy collaboration will further unify independent pharmacy in Texas and enable APCI members to have a stronger voice at the state’s Capitol.

From Alliance of Independent Pharmacists of Texas


December 12, 2014

YOUNG CONSERVATIVES OF TEXAS: APPLAUDS SENATOR SCHWERTNER ON TUITION DEREGULATION BILL

Today, Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) applauded State Senator Charles Schwertner for filing SB 233, bringing attention to the issue of tuition deregulation and skyrocketing tuition costs.

From Young Conservatives of Texas


December 12, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: 2013-14 SCHOOL REPORT CARDS AVAILABLE ON TEA WEBSITE

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that the 2013-14 School Report Cards (SRC) for campuses in every school district and charter statewide are now available on the Texas Education Agency website.

From Texas Education Agency


December 12, 2014

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON AND REPRESENTATIVE JEFF LEACH: FILE "SECOND AMENDMENT SALES TAX HOLIDAY ACT"

Texas State Senator Brandon Creighton and State Representative Jeff Leach have filed the “Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Act” in preparation of the 84th Legislative Session, which convenes January 13, 2015.

From Senator Brandon Creighton & Representative Jeff Leach


December 11, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES PERRY: FILES BILL TO ADJUST PLAYOFF SYSTEM

Today, Senator Charles Perry filed SB 237 to limit the number of teams advancing to the playoffs from each University Interscholastic League (UIL) district to two teams.

From Senator Charles Perry


December 11, 2014

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: TREASURES OF THE TEXAS COAST CHILDREN'S ART CONTEST OPENS

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling for entries in the 19th annual Adopt-A-Beach “Treasures of the Texas Coast” Children’s Art Contest. The deadline to submit artwork is Tuesday, March 3.”

From Texas General Land Office


December 11, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSION'S IT MODERNIZATION PROGRAM STREAMLINES PROCESSING TIMES FOR DRILLING PERMITS

The Railroad Commission’s Information Technology Modernization Program is further streamlining the Commission’s permitting process for drilling permits. Expedited permit processing was reduced from a peak of 30 days experienced with a surge in industry activity in the spring of this year to a one-day processing rate in November.

From Texas Railroad Commission


December 11, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT'S CLAIM OF INCREASE IN HISPANIC VOTES MISLEADING

Abbott campaign claims and follow-up media reports imply that Greg Abbott significantly expanded electoral support from Hispanic voters in Texas during the 2014 campaign. That is not accurate - especially after taking into account the large growth in the Texas Hispanic population since just 2010.

From Lone Star Project


December 11, 2014

TEXAS TRIAL LAWYER ASSOCIATION: ANNOUNCES 2015 PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT-ELECT

At its Annual Membership Meeting, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) installed Beaumont lawyer Bryan Blevins as its 2015 President and elected Dallas lawyer Jeffrey Simon as its 2015 President-Elect.

From Texas Trial Lawyer Association


December 11, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: TO SPEAK AT SOCIAL JUSTICE FORUM TONIGHT

Senator José Rodríguez will speak at 5 p.m. tonight at 500 West Overland, in the El Paso Times Community Room, as part of the Social Justice Education Project series. He will address social justice issues and the 84th Texas Legislature.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


December 11, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ROB ORR: BOSQUE ARTIST CREATES REP. ROB ORR'S 2014 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

State Representative Rob Orr (R-Burleson) is proud to announce that Betty Graham of Clifton has designed the District 58 Christmas ornament that will hang on the 2014 Christmas tree in the House of Representatives at the Texas Capitol in Austin.

From Representative Rob Orr


December 11, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: COMMITTEE SETS $7 BILLION FLOOR FOR RAINY DAY FUND

The Joint Select Committee to Determine a Sufficient Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund, co-chaired by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today approved setting a $7 billion floor for the Economic Stabilization Fund, commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund.

From Senator Jane Nelson


December 11, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN: TEXAS LEGISLATURES DEMAND WASHINGTON PICK UP THE TAB FOR BORDER SECURITY COSTS

Texas lawmakers call on Washington to reimburse the state for costs related to the federal government's failure to secure the border.

From Representative Dan Flynn


December 10, 2014

SENATOR JOHN CORNYN: SENATE APPROVES CORNYN-FLORES BILL TO NAME WACO VA MEDICAL CENTER AFTER WWII HERO DORIS MILLER

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved legislation sponsored in the Senate by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and in the House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Waco, that would rename the Waco Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center after local World War II hero, Petty Officer Doris Miller.

From Senator John Cornyn


December 10, 2014

JOHN RATCLIFFE CAMPAIGN: RATCLIFFE TO SERVE ON JUDICIARY AND HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEES

Congressman-elect John Ratcliffe has been selected to serve on both the Judiciary Committee and Homeland Security Committee in the 114th Congress. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to serve on two committees with jurisdiction over areas of critical importance to the American people,” Ratcliffe said.

From John Ratcliffe Campaign


December 10, 2014

TEXAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE: RAILROAD COMMISSION ADOPTS GAS RATE RULES IGNORING OBJECTIONS FROM LEGISLATORS, CITY OFFICIALS

Ignoring opposition from legislators, the Texas Railroad Commission on Tuesday adopted rule changes sought by CenterPoint Energy that would make it easier for natural gas utilities to raise rates on Texas consumers.

From Texas Municipal League


December 10, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION APPROVES OIG WORKGROUP POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROTECT HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

Today, the Sunset Advisory Commission approved key policy recommendations to change the current system used by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to investigate fraud in healthcare provider claims.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


December 10, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION APPROVES HHSC REORGANIZATION

The Sunset Advisory Commission, chaired by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today unanimously approved reorganizing Texas' health and human services agencies from five separate agencies into one in order to better coordinate programs and streamline administrative support.

From Senator Jane Nelson


December 10, 2014

TEXAS IMPACT: SUNSET VOTES TO GUT TX FAITH & COMMUNITY-BASED INITIATIVE

The Texas Sunset Commission today voted unanimously to eliminate Texas’ Faith and Community-Based Initiative, a national model program that represents more than a decade of collaboration on the part of legislators, state agencies, nonprofits and foundations.

From Texas Impact


December 10, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE CALLS FOR COMMON GROUND ON TRANSPORTATION-NETWORK COMPANIES IN SAN ANTONIO

This Thursday, the San Antonio City Council is scheduled to vote on new regulations regarding the operation of transportation-network companies. Senator Leticia Van Putte released the following statement:

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


December 10, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: CONGRATULATES KELLER, MCNAMEE AND WELCOMES NEWMAN

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today commended two staffers who have accepted high-ranking positions in the Office of the Texas Attorney General, serving under Attorney General-elect Ken Paxton.

From Senator Ted Cruz


December 10, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: CHRON: ABBOTT, STOP TRYING TO TEAR MY FAMILY APART

President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration, which he announced last month, allowed my family to breathe a sigh of relief. I'm a Texan, a Dreamer and the daughter of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally: I know what it's like to worry that each time your parents leave the house, they might not be coming home.

From Battleground Texas


December 10, 2014

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: MORE STATES JOIN FIGHT AGAINST OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION

The Office of the Attorney General today filed an amended complaint adding more states to its current challenge to Obama's executive action on immigration. Responding to the new states signing on, Attorney General Greg Abbott said:

From Office of the Attorney General


December 10, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL-ELECT KEN PAXTON ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP TEAM

Texas Attorney General-Elect Ken Paxton today announced his leadership team, in addition to the previous announcement of Chip Roy as First Assistant Attorney General.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


December 10, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: PATSY WOODS MARTIN TO STAY ON AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ANNIE'S LIST

Today, Annie's List Board Chair Amber Anderson Mostyn announced that Patsy Woods Martin will stay on as executive director of the organization.

From Annie's List


December 10, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: CONGRESS UNITES TO DENOUNCE HAMAS AND SUPPORT ISRAEL

A resolution co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia unanimously passed the Senate yesterday to condemn the use of civilians as human shields by the terrorist group, Hamas.

From Senator Ted Cruz


December 10, 2014

STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY: TEXAS A&M STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT SIGNS CAMPUS CARRY RESOLUTION

On Monday, December 8, 2014, Texas A&M Student Body President Kyle Kelly signed a Student Senate resolution calling on school officials and state legislators to allow licensed concealed carry (of handguns) in university buildings.

From Students for Concealed Carry


December 10, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: DEMOCRATS SCORING POLITICAL POINTS INSTEAD OF KEEPING AMERICA SAFE

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding the release of a report by Democrats on the U.S. Senate Select Committee for Intelligence:

From Senator Ted Cruz


December 9, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE EDDIE LUCIO III: SUPPORTS STRAUS

As we near the beginning of the 84th Legislative Session, there has been much talk about Joe Straus and his value as Speaker of the House. I write today proudly supporting his re- election as Speaker of the House.

From Representative Eddie Lucio III


December 9, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: ANNOUNCES PLAN TO FREEZE TUITION AND FEES AT TEXAS PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed legislation to make higher education more affordable by addressing the dramatic cost growth at Texas' public colleges and universities.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


December 9, 2014

RPT: RNC CHAIRMAN REINCE PRIEBUS WILL SEEK RE-ELECTION

The Texas delegation to the RNC has learned that Republican National Committee Chairman, Reince Priebus, will indeed seek re-election to an unprecedented third term in January.

From Republican Party of Texas


December 9, 2014

GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL LLP: WELCOMES GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS ATTORNEY ROYCE POINSETT TO THE FIRM'S AUSTIN OFFICE

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that Senior Attorney Royce Poinsett has joined the Firm’s Government Affairs Practice in Austin.

From Gardere Wynn Sewell, LLP


December 9, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: ADOPTS RULE AMENDMENTS TO REDUCE GAS RATE CASE LEGAL EXPENSES FOR NATURAL GAS CUSTOMERS

Railroad Commissioners today adopted rule amendments designed to the reduce gas rate case legal expenses that can be passed onto natural gas customers.

From Texas Railroad Commission


December 9, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE CAROL ALVARADO: CITES COMPTROLLER REPORT TO ADVOCATE FOR MORE WORKFORCE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

During the 83rd Legislative Session, State Representative Carol Alvarado passed HB 2482 that requires the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to study why major manufacturing firms choose to invest in other states after considering economic incentives to develop in Texas.

From Representative Carol Alvarado


December 9, 2014

COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION OF TEXAS: SELECTS NEW ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) has appointed nine civic and business leaders as new members to its Advisory Council. The new members were recently appointed at an Advisory Council breakfast reception held at Communities Foundation of Texas on October 17.

From Communities Foundation of Texas


December 9, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: TO EXPLORE NEED FOR FOCUS ON URBAN INSPECTIONS

Today, Chairman Christi Craddick directed the Railroad Commission’s Executive Director to explore the potential need for an emphasis on inspections in highly populated, urban areas throughout Texas.

From Texas Railroad Commission


December 9, 2014

TEXAS VALUES: PLANO PASSES RADICAL LGBT ANTI-RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ORDINANCE

Late last night, the Plano City Council held its first and only public hearing and voted, 5-3, to pass a new controversial non-discrimination ordinance.

From Texas Values


December 9, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: CHARTER SCHOOLS IDENTIFIED FOR MANDATORY REVOCATION UNDER SB 2

The Texas Education Agency has identified 14 open-enrollment charter schools that meet the legislative criteria for mandatory revocation of their charter under Senate Bill 2.

From Texas Education Agency


December 9, 2014

SENATOR JOHN WHITMIRE: IN DEFENSE OF FAMILY VALUES, SENATOR WHITMIRE SEEKS PRESERVATION OF FACE-TO-FACE VISITS IN TEXAS COUNTY JAILS

State Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston) announced today that county jails' movement towards video-only visitations will provoke a legislative review of these for-profit systems.

From Senator John Whitmire


December 9, 2014

TEXAS FARM BUREAU: BOENING ELECTED PRESIDENT; LEADS ORGANIZATION

A South Texas dairyman, farmer and rancher was elected president of Texas Farm Bureau (TFB), the state's largest farm and ranch organization.

From Texas Farm Bureau


December 8, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: BILL TO AID MILITARY HEROES FIGHTING EBOLA INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced that the Operation United Assistance Tax Exclusion Act, which provides that members of the Armed Forces performing hazardous humanitarian services to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa shall be entitled to appropriate tax benefits, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

From Senator Ted Cruz


December 8, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JASON VILLALBA: ANNOUNCES NEW DISTRICT DIRECTOR

Today, Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (District 114) announced that Christine Mojezati has joined his office as the new District Director for House District 114. Her first day of service was November 10, 2014.

From Representative Jason Villalba


December 8, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: SOUTH TEXAS ARTISTS FEATURED AT TEXAS CAPITOL

Each year, the Texas House of Representatives features a large Christmas Tree adorned with ornaments from each of the state's 150 house districts. As is our custom, this year's 22 foot Texas-grown tree dispays an ornament from our own House District 43 (Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg and San Patricio Counties).

From Representative J.M. Lozano


December 8, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DWAYNE BOHAC: AND REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD RAYMOND HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR TEXAS' MERRY CHRISTMAS LAW

Today, State Representatives Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) and Richard Raymond (D-Laredo) hosted a press conference at the Texas Capitol to raise awareness for the State’s Merry Christmas Law (HB 308), passed in 2013, that allows parents, teachers, students and school administrators to celebrate the traditional winter holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah in public schools without fear of censorship, litigation or persecution.

From Representative Dwayne Bohac


December 8, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MYRA CROWNOVER: SELECT COMMITTEE TO DETERMINE A SUFFICIENT BALANCE OF THE ECONOMIC STABILIZATION FUND SETS FIRST HEARING FOR DECEMBER 11, 2014

The Select Committee to Study the Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund will hold its first hearing on December 11, 2014. Representative Myra Crownover and Senator Jane Nelson serve as co-chairs of the committee, which is tasked with recommending a minimum balance for the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the "Rainy Day Fund."

From Representative Myra Crownover


December 8, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES PERRY: COMMENDS FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT ON SERVICE

Today, at Texas Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Corpus Christi a new president will be elected by delegates as incumbent President Kenneth Dierschke retires after 12 years of service. Senator Charles Perry made the following statement about his retirement:

From Senator Charles Perry


December 8, 2014

TEXAS VALUES: STATE REP. DWAYNE BOHAC LEADS EFFORT TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR TEXAS' MERRY CHRISTMAS LAW

Today, State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) will host a press conference at the Texas Capitol, at 10 a.m., in the Lt. Governor’s press room to raise awareness for the State’s new Merry Christmas law (HB 308), passed in 2013, that allows parents, teachers, students, and school administrators to celebrate Christmas and traditional winter holidays in public schools without fear of censorship, litigation or persecution.

From Texas Values


December 8, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR-ELECT ABBOTT VISIT TO WHITE HOUSE

Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott attended a series of briefings for newly-elected governors at the White House today, where he discussed job creation with the President, Vice President and senior officials. Spokesman Matt Hirsch released the following statement:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


December 8, 2014

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: TEXAS SEEKS PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION TO HALT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION

The Texas Attorney General’s Office filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction that would halt executive action taken as a result of President Barack Obama’s unilateral immigration directive.

From Office of the Attorney General


December 8, 2014

TEXAS FARM BUREAU: TFB PRESIDENT REFLECTS ON PAST, LOOKS TO FUTURE

Grassroots action, strong leadership and innovation have helped make agriculture the driving force it is today. Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) President Kenneth Dierschke reflected on his time as president during his address at the organization's 81st annual meeting today.

From Texas Farm Bureau


December 8, 2014

TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT FROM REP. TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER ON EXPECTED ANNOUNCEMENT BY REP. JOSE MENENDEZ

Today, State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer released the following statement regarding State Rep. José Menéndez’s expected announcement of his candidacy for Senate District 26.

From Trey Martinez Fischer Campaign


December 8, 2014

JOSE MENENDEZ CAMPAIGN: MENENDEZ ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN, LIST OF SUPPORTERS

Today State Representative Jose Menendez announced that NuStar CEO Bill Greehey will serve as the Finance Chairman for his campaign for the State Senate in District 26 Special Election.

From Jose Menendez Campaign


December 5, 2014

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: CHARGES HOUSTON-BASED 'DIPLOMA MILL' DEFENDANTS WITH FRAUD

A Harris County district court today issued a temporary restraining order and asset freeze against a Houston-based learning center charged with unlawfully marketing and selling fraudulent high school diplomas.

From Office of the Attorney General


December 5, 2014

RPT: ANOTHER RECORD

The Republican Party of Texas is pleased to announce that after completing a survey of the most recent election results around the state, that we have set yet another record for the total number of Republicans in elected office.

From Republican Party of Texas


December 5, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE: JOINS OTHER STATE LAWMAKERS CALLING ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SECURE CALLING ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SECURE THE BORDER & REIMBURSE TEXAS

From Representative Tony Dale


December 5, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: 2013-14 TEXAS ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE REPORT AVAILABLE ON TEA WEBSITE

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that the 2013-14 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) is now available on the Texas Education Agency website.

From Texas Education Agency


December 5, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ED THOMPSON: AND STAFF TOUR DISTRICT 29

This week, Representative Ed Thompson and his staff met with various offices throughout District 29 to discuss priorities for the 84th Texas Legislative Session, set to begin January 13, 2015.

From Representative Ed Thompson


December 5, 2014

SID MILLER CAMPAIGN: MILLER ANNOUNCES THAT JASON FEARNEYHOUGH WILL BE NEW DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

Today, the transition team of Texas Agriculture Commissioner-elect Sid Miller announced that current Director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Jason Fearneyhough will become Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture and 2nd in command under Miller at the Texas Department of Agriculture.

From Sid Miller Campaign


December 5, 2014

GEORGE P. BUSH CAMPAIGN: COMMISSIONER-ELECT GEORGE P. BUSH ANNOUNCES TREY NEWTON AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER AND CHIEF OF STAFF FOR THE TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE

Knowing that an effective team is only possible with a strong leader, Commissioner-elect George P. Bush today announced the selection of Trey Newton to serve as Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff at the General Land Office.

From George P. Bush Campaign


December 5, 2014

SENATOR CARLOS URESTI: TO HOLD 18TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY & TOY DRIVE

Since 1997, Senator Uresti has helped coordinate community efforts to collect more than 13,250 toys for children in need across the West Texas and Senate District 19. In his role as "Senator Santa" he helps distribute the toys and makes appearances at area nursing homes, hospitals, and community centers to deliver calendars, coffee mugs, and Christmas cheer.

From Senator Carlos Uresti


December 4, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: PATRICK ANNOUNCES NEW ROUND OF HIRES

Today, Dan Patrick, Texas Lieutenant Governor – elect, announced three additional hires to his team. Karina Davis will be re-appointed Parliamentarian. She has over 20 years experience in the senate and has held the position of Parliamentarian since 2004.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


December 4, 2014

DWAYNE BOHAC CAMPAIGN: STATE REPS. DWAYNE BOHAC AND RICHARD RAYMOND TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE TO REMIND TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND PARENTS ABOUT PROTECTION AFFORDED BY TEXAS' MERRY CHRISTMAS LAW

On Monday, December 8th, at 10 a.m., State Representatives Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) and Richard Raymond (D-Laredo) will hold a press conference at the Texas Capitol to raise awareness for the State’s Merry Christmas law that allows teachers, students, parents and school administrators to celebrate traditional winter holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah in public schools without fear of censorship, persecution or litigation.

From Dwayne Bohac Campaign


December 4, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: TEXAS TASK FORCE ON INFECTIOUS DISEASE PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE ISSUES FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS TO SAFEGUARD PUBLIC HEALTH

Gov. Rick Perry announced today that the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response has issued its full report and recommendations regarding the state's capabilities to prepare for and respond to infectious diseases, such as the Ebola virus and other emerging pathogens.

From Office of the Governor


December 4, 2014

COALITION FOR EQUAL AND UNIFORM TAXATION: COALITION FORMS TO PROTECT EQUAL AND UNIFORM TAXATION GUARANTEED BY TEXAS CONSTITUTION

A coalition of leading Texas business organizations is joining forces with the Coalition for Equal and Uniform Taxation (CEUT) to defend the Texas constitution’s guarantee of Equal and Uniform Taxation, and fight efforts to impose mandatory sales price disclosure.

From Coalition for Equal and Uniform Taxation


December 4, 2014

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: OFFERS SUPPORT TO CHEROKEE COUNTY JUDGE OVER CHALLENGE TO COURTHOUSE NATIVITY SCENE

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sent the following letter to Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis, following a demand from a national nontheistic organization to remove a nativity scene from the grounds of the courthouse:

From Office of the Attorney General


December 4, 2014

TEXPAC: ENDORSES LOIS KOLKHORST IN STATE SENATE DISTRICT 18 SPECIAL ELECTION

TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), has announced its endorsement of Lois Kolkhorst in the state Senate District 18 special election.

From TEXPAC


December 4, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: UPGRADES PUBLIC GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION MAPPING SYSTEM FOR ONLINE VIEWING OF OIL, GAS AND PIPELINE DATA IN TEXAS

The Railroad Commission of Texas today announced upgrades to the agency’s online Geographic Information System (GIS), which is used by the public to view statewide oil, gas and pipeline data.

From Texas Railroad Commission


December 4, 2014

INSURANCE COUNCIL OF TEXAS: HONORS 16 STUDENTS WITH FALL SCHOLARSHIPS

Sixteen students at four Texas universities were recently awarded a total of $32,000 in academic scholarships from the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) Education Foundation. The students attend St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Baylor University in Waco, the University of North Texas in Denton and the University of Texas at Austin.

From Insurance Council of Texas


December 4, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR: VOTES IN FAVOR OF TAX CUT PACKAGE THAT EXTENDS CRITICAL TAX CREDITS FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES, FAMILIES

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) voted in favor of a tax package that restores more than four dozen tax cuts and prevents a burdensome tax increase on the business community and millions of American families. The tax package includes an extension of research and development tax incentives, small business expensing, and tuition tax credits, among others.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


December 4, 2014

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: APPLAUDS MANSFIELD COLLABORATION

This evening, the City of Mansfield is hosting a special meeting of local residents, oil and natural gas operators, state regulators, and city staff to discuss the city’s oil and natural gas ordinance. The following can be attributed to Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA):

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


December 3, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: ATTORNEY GENERAL-ELECT PAXTON'S STATEMENT ON ATTORNEY GENERAL ABBOTT'S IMMIGRATION LITIGATION

"Texans can be certain that their current Attorney General and Attorney General-elect will use all their power, including litigation, to protect the State of Texas and all Texans from the harm caused by the Obama Administration's unconstitutional immigration order.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


December 3, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: ADOPTS PIPELINE PERMIT RULE AMENDMENTS

Texas Railroad Commissioners have unanimously adopted pipeline permit rule amendments designed to clarify how a pipeline operator may be classified by the Commission as a common carrier. Common carrier pipelines in Texas are pipelines which are contracted to carry crude petroleum, gas or carbon dioxide for hire.

From Texas Railroad Commission


December 3, 2014

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: TEXAS LEADS 17-STATE COALITION CHALLENGING

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement after taking legal action challenging President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action:

From Office of the Attorney General


December 3, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: REJECT ATTEMPTS BY SELF-SERVING POLITICIANS TO EXPLOIT NDAA

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding provisions contained in the House’s FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act.

From Senator Ted Cruz


December 3, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: CONGRESS MUST ACT IMMEDIATELY ON BORDER SECURITY

Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted the ongoing need for the state’s border security operations, and called on Congress to quickly pass a bill to provide the resources necessary to secure our southern border. In the absence of adequate federal resources, the governor reiterated Texas’ commitment to using all available tools to enforce the law, and announced an executive order directing state agencies to use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of current and prospective employees.

From Office of the Governor


December 3, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ROB ORR: ANNOUNCES DISTRICT OFFICE CLOSING

As he prepares to retire after serving 10 years as the State Representative for Johnson and Bosque Counties, Rep. Rob Orr (R-Burleson) will be closing his District Office in Burleson on Friday, December 12.

From Representative Rob Orr


December 3, 2014

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: TIME TO WEAN TEXAS BUDGET OFF HOARDED FEES, TAXES

A truly honest state budget requires Texas to reduce its reliance on the billions in dedicated taxes and fees that have been collected for one purpose but never spent, Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, said after filing legislation to wean the state off the practice.

From Senator Kirk Watson


December 3, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: TAX EXTENDER DEADLINE APPROACHING

The Texas Association of Business (TAB) sponsored a newspaper ad in Austin, Houston, Waco and Dallas. The full page ad is designed to send a message to Congress not to raise taxes on the people of Texas.

From Texas Association of Business


December 3, 2014

SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: MOURNS THE PASSING OF FORMER SENATE SECRETARY BETTY KING

On Monday, December 1, 2014, former Secretary of the Texas Senate Betty King passed away. State Senator Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, whose term of Senate service began near the end of King’s long tenure, issued the following statement:

From Senator Leticia Van de Putte


December 3, 2014

LOIS KOLKHORST CAMPAIGN: GREG ABBOTT JOINS THE LOIS KOLKHORST CAMPAIGN IN SENATE DISTRICT 18

Tuesday, Governor-Elect Greg Abbott spent Monday afternoon in Senate District 18 to campaign for Lois Kolkhorst, urging voters to support her at a get-out-the-vote event in Fort Bend County.

From Lois Kolkhorst Campaign


December 3, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES PERRY: FILES BILL TO PROHIBIT SYNTHETIC DRUGS

Today, Senator Charles Perry filed SB 199 to prohibit the sale and use of synthetic drugs in the State of Texas. In previous Sessions, the legislature has passed similar bans, but manufactures have repeatedly changed the chemical makeup of their drugs to skirt the law.

From Senator Charles Perry


December 3, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: BOTH HOUSES SHOULD USE POWER OF THE PURSE TO STOP OBAMA'S AMNESTY

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding funding proposals that are being considered by Republicans in the House: “This November's election was a referendum on executive amnesty, and the American people overwhelmingly oppose President Obama's illegal amnesty.

From Senator Ted Cruz


December 2, 2014

SECRETARY OF THE SENATE: BETTY KING MEMORIAL SERVICE

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, in the Senate Chamber. Burial will be at the Texas State Cemetery at a later date.

From Secretary of the Senate


December 2, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: ICE NOMINEE WILL BE ANOTHER RUBBERSTAMP FOR AMNESTY

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement announcing that he will oppose President Obama’s nominee for Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Sarah Saldana.

From Senator Ted Cruz


December 2, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: LBB APPROVES ADDITIONAL $86.1 MILLION FOR ONGOING BORDER SURGE AND TO WIND DOWN NATIONAL GUARD

Yesterday, the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) voted unanimously to approve an additional $86.1 million to continue the state's border security efforts through August 2015. Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa is the only border legislator to sit on the LBB, the joint committee of the Texas Legislature that develops budget and policy recommendations for legislative appropriations.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


December 2, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TURNER: PRE-FILES FIVE BILLS: MEASURES FOCUS ON DOUBLE DIPPING, DRAM SHOP LAWS, CONSUMER PROTECTION, NON-DISCRIMINATION & VETERANS

On Monday, State Representative Chris Turner (HD 101- Grand Prairie) pre-filed five pieces of legislation in advance of the 84th Legislative Session. The measures target a wide range of issues, including instituting a ban on "double dipping," ensuring bars carry liability insurance, providing additional aid to veterans in need, cracking down on unsolicited calls by high-interest lenders, and protecting Texans from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

From Representative Chris Turner


December 2, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: 2014 CHRISTMAS TREES ARRIVE THE TEXAS CAPITOL

Monday, the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association delivered the official 2014 Capitol Christmas trees to the south steps of the Texas State Capitol.

From Speaker Joe Straus


December 2, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DEBBIE RIDDLE: FILES LICENSED OPEN CARRY BILL

Representative Debbie Riddle filed HB 415 “Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun.” Gun rights advocate Rep. Riddle filed HB 415 to give the right to carry openly to all licensed, trained, back-ground checked gun owners in Texas.

From Representative Debbie Riddle


December 2, 2014

LOIS KOLKHORST CAMPAIGN: KOLKHORST ENDORSED BY KAYE T. GOOLSBY, STATEWIDE GRASSROOTS CHAIRMAN FOR SENATOR TED CRUZ AND STATEWIDE LEADERSHIP CHAIR FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL-ELECT KEN PAXTON

The Lois Kolkhorst Campaign today announced the endorsement of Kaye T. Goolsby. Goolsby, a long time Republican leader in the Fort Bend area, currently serves as Statewide Grassroots Chairman for Senator Ted Cruz and Statewide Leadership Chair for Attorney General-elect Ken Paxton.

From Lois Kolkhorst Campaign


December 2, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FORMER SECRETARY OF THE SENATE BETTY KING

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst issued the following statement on the passing of former Secretary of the Senate Betty King: "On behalf of the Texas Senate, I want to extend our deepest condolences to the family of former Secretary of the Senate Betty King and let them know our prayers are with them.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


December 2, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RELEASES INTERIM REPORT TO 84TH TEXAS LEGISLATURE

Today, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services released its Interim Report to the 84th Texas Legislature. The 58-page report outlines a number of legislative recommendations aimed at addressing some of the state's most significant healthcare challenges, including expanding access to women's healthcare, improving the state's mental health services, stopping prescription drug abuse, and finding affordable care options for our state's uninsured population.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


December 1, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST STATEMENT ON LEGISLATIVE BUDGET BOARD'S DECISION TO CONTINUE FUNDING OF BORDER SURGE

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst issued the following statement in response to the Legislative Budget Board's decision to fund the law enforcement border surge through the end of this fiscal year:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


December 1, 2014

TDP: CONGRATULATES COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR ON HIS TENURE AND WELCOMES PRESS SECRETARY

This morning, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa and Executive Director Will Hailer announced that Emmanuel Garcia is stepping down as the Communications Director.

From Texas Democratic Party


December 1, 2014

TEXAS FARM BUREAU: ANNUAL MEETING SET DECEMBER 6-8

Future needs of Texas agriculture will be addressed Dec. 6-8 in Corpus Christi as farmers and ranchers from across the state attend the 81st Annual Meeting of the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB).

From Texas Farm Bureau


December 1, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER MICHAEL WILLIAMS REGARDING THE CCSSO CAREER READINESS TASK FORCE REPORT

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released its Career Readiness Task Force report, Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students. The report outlines three high-level recommendations for all states:

From Texas Education Agency


December 1, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: MEXICAN ENERGY SECTOR

As South Texans, we know first-hand about our state's energy sector and the booming Eagle Ford Shale. We see its impact every day. But another energy boom is occurring just south of us, across the U.S.-Mexico border.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


December 1, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: BUDGET BOARD EXPANDS DPS PRESENCE IN BORDER REGION

The Legislative Budget Board voted unanimously Monday to expand law enforcement’s presence along the Texas-Mexico border, adding significant manpower to security operations that state leaders approved last summer.

From Speaker Joe Straus


December 1, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE TAN PARKER: TO RUN FOR CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS

Today Representative Tan Parker announced that he will seek the vacant office of House Republican Caucus Chairman. With the 84th Legislature poised to swear in 98 Republican House members, the position of Republican Caucus Chair will be responsible for organizing and serving the overwhelming Republican majority in the Texas House.

From Representative Tan Parker


December 1, 2014

TDP: CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING

In celebration of Thanksgiving, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement: “Today, we look back on a year we will never forget, reflect on our struggles, and count our blessings.

From Texas Democratic Party


November 26, 2014

THE CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER: PLAINTIFFS SEEK EXPEDITED APPEAL IN TEXAS VOTER ID CASE TO RESTORE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN 2015 ELECTIONS

Today, attorneys at the Campaign Legal Center, who serve as co-counsel for plaintiffs Congressman Marc Veasey and LULAC, filed a motion to expedite a pending appeal in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Veasey v. Perry—the challenge to Texas’ overly restrictive photo ID law (SB 14).

From The Campaign Legal Center


November 26, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE GENE WU: FILES LEGISLATION TO MODERNIZE OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM

Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston) has filed a number of bills aimed at modernizing our judicial system. Wu's package includes proposals that protect children, offer a second chance to nonviolent offenders, and promote more efficient law enforcement.

From Representative Gene Wu


November 26, 2014

JOHN WRAY CAMPAIGN: REP-ELECT JOHN WRAY DEFENDS TEXAS PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION

State Representative Elect John Wray signed his name to an amicus brief filed by Texas Right to Life and the Texas Eagle Forum for submission to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

From John Wray Campaign


November 26, 2014

TED CRUZ CAMPAIGN: MAY WE ALWAYS REMAIN A GRATEFUL NATION

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement in advance of Thanksgiving Day: “Today we give thanks for the miracle of freedom.

From Ted Cruz Campaign


November 26, 2014

LOIS KOLKHORST CAMPAIGN: KOLKHORST ENDORSES BY GOVERNOR RICK PERRY

The Lois Kolkhorst Campaign today announced the endorsement of Governor Rick Perry. Texas’s longest serving governor, Perry has been a conservative champion and oversaw the low-tax, low-regulation policies that have played a part in engendering the “Texas Miracle”.

From Lois Kolkhorst Campaign


November 25, 2014

TEXAS MUNICIPAL POLICE ASSOCIATION: ENDORSES REPRESENTATIVE LOIS KOLKHORST FOR SENATE

The Texas Municipal Police Association, (TMPA), the state’s largest law enforcement association, today announced their endorsement of State Representative Lois Kolkhorst, (R-Brenham) in her bid for Senate District 18.

From Texas Municipal Police Association


November 25, 2014

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: FERGUSON RESPONSE

Austin, TX. “The grand jury's failure to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown reflects a major structural flaw in the U.S. justice system and its inability to deal with police violence,” Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, said on Tuesday.

From Texas Civil Rights Project


November 25, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS NAMES BOARD OF MANAGERS FOR REVOKED HONORS ACADEMY CHARTER

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today announced his appointments to a three-member board of managers for the liquidation of assets and other specific issues related to the revocation and closure of Honors Academy and the seven campuses operating under the charter as public, accredited schools.

From Texas Education Agency


November 25, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: FILES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT THE ALAMO

Working to preserve the rich history of the Lone Star State for generations of Texans, State Senator Donna Campbell filed legislation to protect the most famous historical landmark in Texas from falling under the ownership or control of a foreign entity.

From Senator Donna Campbell


November 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DEBBIE RIDDLE: OPPOSES BUSTING SPENDING CAP

Every two years the Texas Legislature takes on the monumental task of writing the state's budget. For a state the size of Texas it is no small task. Representative Riddle served on the House Appropriations Committee and Chaired the Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal Justice.

From Representative Debbie Riddle


November 25, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: CITY OF MCALLEN, UTRGV, AND DHR ANNOUNCE NEW MEDICAL SCHOOL RESEARCH CENTER

Today, the City of McAllen, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Doctors Hospital Renaissance unveiled plans for a new medical school research center in McAllen.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


November 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOAQUIN CASTRO: STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR-ELECT ABBOTT'S COMMENTS THAT HE WILL SUE GOVERNMENT OVER IMMIGRATION

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released this statement following the Governor-elect Abbott’s comments that he will sue the federal government over the President’s executive order to address our broken immigration system:

From Representative Joaquin Castro


November 25, 2014

GEORGE P. BUSH CAMPAIGN: BUSH ANNOUNCES RENE TRUAN AS DIRECTOR OF PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND DIVISION OF THE GLO

Demonstrating his commitment to making public education funding a top priority, in one of his first major staffing announcements Commissioner-elect George P. Bush today announced Rene D. Truan will assume the role of Director of the newly created Permanent School Fund (PSF) Income Division in the office of the Texas General Land Office (GLO).

From George P. Bush Campaign


November 25, 2014

GARY GATES CAMPAIGN: GATES DELIVERS CANDID RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT CONTRACT ALLEGATIONS SURROUNDING KOLKHORST

Earlier this morning, Gary Gates released the following statement to his supporters: Last week, my office received an anonymous letter and package that included information related to the recent allegations surrounding Lois Kolkhorst and her company’s (Kolkhorst Petroleum) contracts with state agencies.

From Gary Gates Campaign


November 25, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: HAGEL RESIGNATION SHOWS OBAMA DEFENSE POLICY HAS FAILED

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: “Today's resignation reflects the ongoing damage caused by President Obama's misguided foreign policy of leading from behind.

From Senator Ted Cruz


November 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: FILES HB373 TO INCREASE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

State Representative Ron Simmons filed House Bill 373 to direct motor vehicle sales, rental and use tax collections to the State Highway Fund.

From Representative Ron Simmons


November 25, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: RELEASES SUPERINTENDENT TELL SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

Earlier this year, the Texas Education Agency conducted the Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) Texas Survey aimed at gathering input from the state’s superintendents.

From Texas Education Agency


November 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ROB ORR: RECOGNIZES CLEBURNE ISD AS A COLLEGE BOARD HONOR ROLL DISTRICT

Rep. Rob Orr (R-Burleson) is proud to congratulate the Cleburne ISD as one of only 29 Texas schools and 547 schools districts throughout the U.S. and Canada to be honored for its inclusion on the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll.

From Representative Rob Orr


November 25, 2014

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: TEXAS BAR FOUNDATION GIVES $5,000 TO TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT FOR STATEWIDE PROMOTORA PROGRAM

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $15 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

From Texas Civil Rights Project


November 25, 2014

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: ABBOTT RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION; PLEDGES IMMEDIATE LEGAL ACTION

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s immigration executive action announced last week:

From Office of the Attorney General


November 25, 2014

TEXAS FAIR COURTS NETWORK: RECOMMENDS THAT INTERIM COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAL SELECTION SEEK TESTIMONY FROM WIDE RANGE OF EXPERTS

Ten Texas public interest organizations – including participants in the Texas Fair Courts Network – today called upon the Texas Legislature’s Interim Committee on Judicial Selection to invite a diverse number of participants to testify before it and contribute their expertise to its proceedings.

From Texas Fair Courts Network


November 25, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: GOVERNOR-ELECT GREG ABBOTT ENDORSES LOIS KOLKHORST IN SENATE DISTRICT 18 SPECIAL ELECTION

Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott today announced his endorsement of State Representative Lois Kolkhorst in the special election to fill the Texas Senate seat left vacant by State Senator Glenn Hegar’s recent election as Comptroller.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


November 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: UNMANNED AIRCRAFT IN TEXAS

Once again, Texas is on the forefront of technological advances. Last year, Texas A&M Corpus Christi was named one of six sites within the United States for developing and testing Unmanned Aircraft. Most of us know these as "drones" and they are most often used for military, but these can actually be used for a number of commercial and public applications.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


November 25, 2014

DENNIS BONNEN CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON THE 84TH SESSION

As conservative Members of the Texas House, we are proud to support the re-election of Speaker Joe Straus. Speaker Straus will be decisively re-elected because he encourages members to vote in their districts' best interests and because he is a fair, principled leader.

From Dennis Bonnen Campaign


November 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ARMANDO WALLE: RESPONDS TO EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION

Today, State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement on President Obama's executive order regarding certain undocumented immigrants:

From Representative Armando Walle


November 21, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FORMER TEXAS STATE SENATOR RAY FARABEE

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst issued the following statement on the passing of former Texas State Senator Ray Farabee: "On behalf of the Texas Senate, I want to extend our deepest condolences to former Senator Ray Farabee's family and let them know our prayers are with them.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


November 21, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: TEXAS EDUCATION BOARD APPROVES TEXTBOOKS WITH CHANGES NO ONE HAS VETTED

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller had the following statement on today's State Board of Education vote to adopt new social studies textbooks for Texas public schools. "What we saw today shows very clearly that the process the State Board of Education uses to adopt textbooks is a sham," Miller said.

From Texas Freedom Network


November 21, 2014

TEXAS VALUES ACTION: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OPPONENTS FAIL TO REWRITE TEXTBOOKS, NATION'S RELIGIOUS HERITAGE INCLUDED, PREVAILS

Today, textbook publishers rejected efforts by opponents of religious freedom and our nation’s religious heritage and refused to eliminate references to Moses, his writings in the Ten Commandments, Judeo-Christian principles and their impact on American law, government and its founding.

From Texas Values Action


November 21, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE EDDIE RODRIGUEZ: APPLAUDS PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION; URGES CONGRESS TO ACT

State Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Travis County) issued the following statement on President Obama's executive orders regarding deportation relief for certain undocumented immigrants:

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez


November 21, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: INTRODUCES OPERATION UNITED ASSISTANCE TAX EXCLUSION ACT

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced S. 2965, the Operation United Assistance Tax Exclusion Act, which provides that members of the Armed Forces performing hazardous humanitarian services in West Africa to combat the spread of Ebola shall be entitled to appropriate tax benefits.

From Senator Ted Cruz


November 21, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: SENATE HISPANIC CAUCUS TO HOST REGIONAL SUMMIT IN SOUTH TEXAS

Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC) Chairman José Rodriguez, SHC Vice Chair Sylvia R. Garcia, Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., and Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa welcome the SHC regional summit series to the Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


November 21, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL-ELECT PAXTON ON IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER

"The American people are rightfully concerned about the lawless actions of President Obama tonight. The President repeatedly told the nation he does not have the power to unilaterally make these changes to our immigration system, yet he did so tonight.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


November 21, 2014

MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS: MEMBERS VOICE SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ACTION TO ADDRESS IMMIGRATION REFORM

Members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, the oldest and largest Latino caucus in the United States, issued the following statements regarding President Barack Obama’s executive action pertaining to the enforcement of current U.S. immigration laws.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus


November 21, 2014

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: ABBOTT PLEDGES COURT CHALLENGE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION PLAN

Attorney General Greg Abbott pledged quick action regarding President Barack Obama's announcement on immigration. Attorney General Abbott released the following statement:

From Office of the Attorney General


November 21, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION

This evening, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration: “President Obama's unilateral decision to grant de-facto amnesty to millions of immigrants living in this country illegally represents a wanton disregard for both the rule of law and the sovereignty of our nation.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


November 21, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION PLAN

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes commends President Obama for taking long overdue executive action to address key issues in our nation’s broken immigration system and calling on the administration and Congress to work to extend healthcare coverage to these individuals.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


November 21, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: BLASTS PRES. OBAMA FOR RECKLESS USE OF POWER

State Senator Donna Campbell released the following statement regarding the President's executive action on immigration reform: "When Barack Obama was sworn in as President, he took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

From Senator Donna Campbell


November 21, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON EXECUTIVE ACTION BY PRESIDENT OBAMA

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of executive action on illegal immigration: “In Texas we know firsthand the problems brought by illegal immigration and bad federal policy.

From Office of the Governor


November 21, 2014

TDP: RESPOND TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION ANNOUNCEMENT

This evening, President Obama announced historic Executive Actions on immigration. Despite being a step in the right direction, Texas Republicans like U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry continue their divisive rhetoric without offering any solution to our broken and outdated immigration system.

From Texas Democratic Party